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Unread 09-09-2018, 11:56 AM
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Hello all.

I have gotten itch for writing diaries again for sometime now and have actually done one of two failed attemps to get back (didnīt bother to post those since I failed to keep them up for more than few shows). Before I go any further, I want to say that Iīm using WordPad instead of Word that I used on my earlier diaries and since WordPad doesnīt seem to have any spellcheck, I'm sure thereīs going to be plenty of spelling mistakes on this diary (nothing new then since there always was those but itīs worse than usual so consider yourself warned). There wonīt be any backstory since Iīm no good at those, and while I thought about making a diary where I would discuss my decision making progress before each show, I just suck at this game so badly that it wouldnīt have anything else than a small comedy value of how someone can be so bad at this game. So instead, I will simply use same format than in most of my earlier diaries, posting a show and then commenting the show at the end of it, telling what I think went well and what didnīt and why I booked the way I did. There wonīt be any prediction contest this time, mainly because I have already booked well ahead (full first year is done and written already) since I wanted to make sure that Iīm committed enough for this one. So without further delay, here is the information of what the company is and why I made the choises I did make. My user character is Grand Avatar and user stats have 5 points on each of them.

I have been hovering over what ever I want to start with cult level company or smaller one but in the end, I always backed out from cult level companies because me just not being comfortable with them so I decided to try 0/0/0/0 company again since thatīs what I was mostly doing before and I had some of my best games with those...well, that was the initial idea but after the first month I realized that it wasnīt goign to work as I was 5000$ on dept and sponsor money was around 500$ so yeah that was going to bea short game. So, I gave myself one million dollars after the first show in order to survive and make the game more enjoyable to me (I learned later by reading foolincīs great diary that I actually could have survived, since the bankrupt rules were way differend than I thought but at that point, I already has 3 - 4 shows done and didnīt want to restart) so just a heads up, this is not actually a 0/0/0/0 game even though I so state in my early posts. The reason why I thought about doing something else is that I feel it takes quite a long tome to push your company up to small and I never really enjoyed being local because of thight finances that restrict roster size and match boooking. Also, for whatevet reason, I really struggle to get anyone over low E- popularity or 17 if using grades (although that might partly be because I mostly played TEW2016 with empty database with just generated guys) and that obviously would come into play with local pormotion as your wrestlers will start below E- popularity (spoiler: I will spend some time looking at the popularity levels for my guys during the second half of the first year as this did became bit of an issue to me as predicted). However, I also donīt enjoy competing with other companies (Did I remember to tell just how bad I am at this game? AI usually outperformes me by at least one grade level so I certainly donīt look to pick a fight with any AI companies if I can help it) and being local gives me enough time to build my guys up (hopefully past that E- barrier that I always seem to hit) before needing to worry about fighting other companies and also the fact that I need less guys at once hopefully gives me a chance to set them up properly and give them actual personalities instead of just being generic wrestlers so Iīm hoping that this will give me enough to look up for in order to get past the booking problems that local sized company usually gives me. So basically, itīs easy mode so that I can book more freely and donīt have to consider too much of grades and hiring the best talent possible though I do have some restrictions of who I can hire and how many guys Iīm allowed to have in the roster to make things slighly more interesting.

As for starting position, I was always goign to choose between UK, Australia or USA and while most of my failed attemps were on UK, I decided to pick USA this time, mainly because of best talent pool (to hopefully combat against that E- popularity cap that I usually hit). I decided to pick Puerto Rico as my starting area, mainly to avoid the company wars as long as possible. I well aware than this leads to me being local bit longer but I hope that it gives me easier time when getting small as falling back to local after fetting small would likely be a game killer, espesially if AI does itīs usual tricks and just have way higher grades than what I can ever produce. As for the product, I chose preset American Pro Wrestling product, which is the following:
Mainstream: Key
Traditional: Heavy
everything else: none
Match intensity: 15%
Match danger: 10%
no T&A or Women division, face and heel divide is on
Match ratio is 70%. (should probably be lower but angles are more work than matches and Iīm lazy so... yeah.)

This means that wrestlers are rated more on popularity than performance and that Puroresu, hardcore and airial skills are less effective.

Popularity over performance might be yet another mistake as Iīm usually favor good in-ring work over entertainment skills (not to mention that I will start with punch of nobodies) but we have to see how it goes and this hopefully gives me a chance to use some older guys who have seen time in national companies more effective down the road. Right, with the basic things out of the way, letīs see the roster of nobodies that I decided to hire to accompany me for this latest trainwreck, shall we?
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YASSSSSSSSSS! The Return. So glad to see you back.
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When I saw you back making predictions I was hoping something like this would soon follow. Looking forward to what you have in store!
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Great to see ESE back -- you too, but primarily ESE. But both make me happy much the same.
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Unread 09-10-2018, 11:47 AM
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Thank you for your kind words guys, itīs good to be back.


Before showing who I signed, itīs probably reasonable to tell the search criteria. Basically, I narrowed it down to to unknown guys (in USA) who are based on USA and are unemployed. Also I guess I should point out that I tend to give myself hiring restrictions on who I can sign, in this case, I decided that I can only use wrestlers based on USA that are unknown and are unemployed and this restriction will stay until I get to small. This is mainly since I like to work with slighly more shallow pool (forces me to be bit more creative with my choices) and it also makes getting my promotion up on size will feel more meaningful as it will open new hiring options for me. Now, on the downside, it does make progress a bit slower and likely escalates the popularity gain problem that I mentioned in the previous post, but this is how I like to work so I do it. I decided to take advantage on the fact that local promotions donīt have minimum number of wrestlers they need to hire (it used to be 12) and decided to start with just 8 mainly because I almost always start with the title tournament and 8 and 16 are the easiest number of starting wrestlers for that by far. Also, this hopefully means that I can make few extra signings later (assuming that the finaces allow me to do so), thus helping to keep things fresh slighly longer. Actually, I have always been interested on how otherīs build their roster and while I said that this wonīt be a diary where I talk about my decision progress, how about I still give you a run downon my whole decision making progress (or lack of it since itīs not that deep) on signing guys (yes, I know, second post in and Iīm already chancing my mind, we are up to a promising start ). Oh well, here it is anyway:


First of all, using the above criterias gave me the following guys to choose from:
Annihilus, Austin Smooth, Barry Griffin, Ben Williams, Brimstone, Buck Graham, Buzz Reid, Cip Conduit, Cobra, Cowboy Buck Wincester, Crash Lewis, Desert Storm, Elijah Harris, Extreme Deluxe, Fearless Blue, Hardcore Killah, JOJI, Justice Jolson, Kid Fantastic, Lucas Danger, Mad Dog Mortimer, Mark Smart, Melvin Otto, Mercutio Sleep, Mercy Michaels, New York Red, Penfold Perdition, Quentin Queen, Ray Snow, Regular Joe, Remmy Honeyman, Rex Reeves, Richie Riggins, Ricky Turner, Ricochet Ramone, Roger Monteiro, Seth Whitehead, Steel, The Silencer, Whicky Jack and Vicky Victoria.



Straight away, thereīs quite a few names that jump out for me, either because of me booking them in one of my earlier games or because of me reading someone elseīs diary. Austin Smooth is the first guy I look for (yes, I know, heīs kind of obvious and bit overused but thereīs a reason for that too). He wanted 500$ per show which is a bit deep but he does have F+ popularity to warrant that request so I signed him instantly (3 year contract with 500$ per appearence) as my main heel. He just screams a cocky heel to me although looks like he has a new alt that doesnīt make that quite as obvious as the old one did (at least not for me). The second guy that I signed straight away is Cobra, heīs just one of those characters that I really like and heīs decent enough talent for local company to be more than a jobber and was quite cheap too with 300$ per show. I gave him two years contract and look so slot him behind Smooth as number two or three heel (depending who would get the last two heel spots).

Next, I looked at few other guys that I could see being the top guys, namely Quentin Queen, Ricky Turner, Remmy Honeyman, Regular Joe and Ricochet Ramone. all of them wanted at least 600$ per show potentially making them quite expensive signings so I decided that I canīt affort more than one or two at max. Queen seems like most likely bet to become a lead star (on my opinion at least) so I gave him three year contract with the asking prize of 600$ per show. I then decided to look at if I could find some cheap jobber guys in order to try to figure out, if I can affort to drop more money on guys like Remmy or Joe (who would have good in-ring abilities but not much charisma, thus likely not making them as great fits for my product). I found out that most guys Iīm interested on demand at least 300$ per show and with no idea of finances, I decided to try to keep the costs down for now and add more expensive guys later if finances allow me to do so. I first looked at Kid Fantastic but he wanted 400$ show so I passed. Lucas Danger on the other hand settled for 260$ per show so I gave him one year contract, frankly, heīs unlikely to be more than a jobber but at least he now has a place to hone his skills hopefully helping him to find work elsewhere if/when I cut him. Lucas is better as heel than face but will likely play face for me probably with some kind of underdog/fanīs own gimmick.

It proved to be really hard trying to find guys willing to work for less than 400$ but I did manage to find two. First one is Mad Dog Mortimer... yeah, not a star for tomorrow thatīs for sure but he make a fine heel jobber for now and is good backstage influence too. Mortimer was willing to work with 260$ per show and got a year contract. The other guy is slighly more intersting to me as Seth Whitehead was willing to work with 270$ per show so he will also get a year contract. Looking at the rest of the options, I decided to sign Justice Jolson for a year contract as he was willing to work for 400$ per show and then signed Regular Joe as my 2nd face behind Queen for 600$ per show (2 years). As for non-wrestlers, I signed Brett Graveson as my referee for 700$ show, mainly because heīs locker room leader and only referees cheaper than him werenīt very good at their jobs. As for road agent and announcer, I know they arenīt needed for local but I want to sign them anyway (likely a big mistake that I will regret later) so I signed Reese Page as road agent since she costed 700$ a show (Giant Redwood was the only other one I could find that demanded less than 1100$ but I donīt want any backstage troubles so I kept well clear from him) and Dana OīHara as announcer (since the two cheaper options werenīt very good) for 800$ per show. Both got two year deals since Iīm not sure if I want to keep them longterm or replace them once finances allow me to do so.

So hereīs a quick recap with who I signed and their aligment, gimmick and starting popularities:



Quentin Queen
Age: 22
Popularity in USA: E-
Face, Blue Chipper
Queen is going to be my main face going forward (or at least he gets the first chance for that) and hopefully will stay as important player while the company grows. I decided to go with the default gimmick as it worked pretty well for what I have in mind for him.


Regular Joe
Age: 26
Popularity in USA: F+
Face, Blue Collar
Joe is by far my second most experienced guy (Mortimer being the most experienced one of course) and will be looked to fill not only number two face spot but also overall third top guy on the company and his veteran status will net him some benefits early on. However, unlike Queen and Smooth, I donīt expect Joe to stay on top and foresee on him moving more into midcard status once we grow and better talent becomes available. Still, even if he eventually fall from the main event scene, I would expect him to stay relevant midcard workhorse who can be expected to bring good match ratings as I always want few of those around.


Seth Whitehead
Age: 22
Popularity in USA: F
Face, Bad Ass
Seth is someone who I have no previous knowledge and who thus ranks behind Queen and Joe on the face side. Still, while number three face spot ainīt the greatest (after all thereīs only one guy below him) it does mean heīs going to be part of storylines as I like to run three at any time meaning that top three on both face and heel side will pretty much be on the spotlight all the time and that gives Seth a chance to show his skills even if heīs more likely to be on the losing end of the feuds. I gave him a bad ass gimmick since thatīs kind of what the alt scearms to me and with my top two faces being more of the Blue Collar side, it gives Seth a differend style and helps him stand out a bit.


Lucas Danger
Age: 21
Popularity in USA: F
Face, Clubber
Lucas starts with low popularity and airial skills being less great for my product doesnīt help his case. Based on his bio I would also assume that heīs not that great in-ring either (Iīm playing with fog of war on so I donīt know for sure). All this means he ainīt likely going to be anything but a jobber and will likely be released at some point after his momentum tanks too low for salvage operation so donīt expect much from him. However, he will hopefully develop his skill set while looking arena lights and maybe that will help him be signed either by another company or me again later on.



Austin Smooth:
Age: 21
Popularity in USA: F+
Heel, Prima Donna.
If Queen is my main face, then Smooth is the gyu who I look to be my main heel and like Queen, Iīm hoping he will stay on top and grow with the company although I wouldnīt be too surprised if he eventually leaves to bigger company. I planned on using arrogant heel gimmick on him eventually but the default Prima Donna works just fine and is more or less the same thing in my mind so I just decided to keep the default one with him.


Cobra
Age: 25
Popularity in USA: F
Heel, Snake
Cobra will fight with Justice Jolson on the second heel spot, I initially rate him higher but thatīs simply because I like his render and while that does help, he has to prove that he deserves the second top heel spot. I gave him a Snake gimmick, mainly planning him to be more of the cunning, cheating heel with Smooth having the arrogant one and Jolson being the brute force guy, thus gicing me a nice range of differend heels to work with.


Justice Jonson
Age: 27
Popularity in USA: F
Heel, Strongman
Jonson is by far my biggest guy, being big heavyweight while no-one else isnīt bigger than middleweight. That weight advantage makes him pretty much monster heel by default and I gave him a brute gimmick to back that up. Jonson will fight with Cobra on the second heel spot and only time will tell which one if either is going to get that spot. Still, like Cobra and Whitehead, he will get plenty of opportunities early on to show his skills thanks to three feuds running at any given time.


Mad Dog Mortimer
Age: 38
Popularity in USA: F
Heel, Old School Heel
Mortimer has the same fate than Lucas so count on him looking arena lights and donīt really expect much else from him. Still, he brings veteran presence in the locker room and should be good job guy down the bottom of the card.


Non-wrestlers:


Brett Graveson
Age: 47
Popularity in USA: E+
Face, Staff member


Dana OīHara
Age: 41
Popularity in USA: E-
Face, Staff Member


Reese OīPage
Age: 40
Popularity in USA: E
Face, Staff Member


I donīt have much to say about non-wrestlers, ech can be expected to hold their jobs for at least until we get small with Graveson being likely kept as long as he stays do to him being locker room leader.

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Since you got $1 million dollars, it's going to be a big deal, but if you choose to try another 0/0/0/0 run in the future, I'd recommend foregoing an announcer and a road agent, since you don't needed an announce team in the early going and the wrestlers can agent each others.

Graveson would also need to be downgraded to a cheaper ref, but since money isn't an issue I like grabbing a locker room leader.

Side note, glad to see Mad Dog Mortimer is still kicking around.
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Since you got $1 million dollars, it's going to be a big deal, but if you choose to try another 0/0/0/0 run in the future, I'd recommend foregoing an announcer and a road agent, since you don't needed an announce team in the early going and the wrestlers can agent each others.

Graveson would also need to be downgraded to a cheaper ref, but since money isn't an issue I like grabbing a locker room leader.

Side note, glad to see Mad Dog Mortimer is still kicking around.
Yeah, I kind of screwed the start as I didnīt realize how much this type of game had changed from TEW2013 and thought I could get away with the old one show a month, keep an off month when needed strategy (should really have waited for your diary to progress a bit but I was too impatient for that ). I did knew about announcer and road agent not being needed but thought I could get away from it as I was kind of tired to have to manually assign road agent on every match (done that a few times with my empty database runs) and a show without an announcer just doesnīt sound right to me. How I had managed to miss the lack of sponsor income for so long is a mystery to me but that certainly catched me offguard here.

As for referee, there would had been few that could be signed for 400$ so I could had indeed safe about half of the money there too. Graveson is a great find with his locker room leader skill though and is decent enough referee too so certainly happy to have him now that money isnīt a real issue. I was also surprised by lack of really cheap wrestlers, no-one I looked wasnīt willing to work under 260$ and most demanded 400 - 500$ which I feel is bit too high for this kind of start, perhaps waiting few months for some fresh workers to appear would be better way to go in the future as I think the fact that almost everyone has at least F popularity around the USA is making the difference and foreign signings arenīt any cheaper with the travel costs adding up either.
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January 2016
Friday, week 3


ESE Eternal Storm
San Juan High School (Puerto Rico)
Attendance: 6


ANGLE:

Dana OīHara welcomes everyone to first ESE Eternal Storm and tells that the first show in ESEīs history will consist of four matches that make the first round of King of the Network title tournament were winner of the tournament will be crowned as first ever King of the Network champion. The semi-final matches will be seen in second show while the finals will be in the third show of the year. E+


1 vs. 1 1st round of King of the Network tournament
vs.
Seth Whitehead vs. Cobra
In a bout that had a decent reaction from the crowd but sub-par wrestling, Cobra defeated Seth Whitehead in 5:35 by submission with a Viper Vice.
Notes: Whitehead debuted Bad Ass gimmick with Above Average rating, Cobra debuted Snake gimmick with below average rating
Performance: Whitehead: E-, Cobra: E
WINNER: Cobra by submission in 5:35 E


ANGLE:


After the match, Seth Whitehead is clearly angry about his loss abd fumes in a ring a bit. Suddenly Smooth walks into entrance ramp and starts mocking Seth about his loss, telling him that heīs original idea was to come here and introduce the people who their King of the Network champion would be but there would be no point doing that after people have just watched Sethīs embarrassing performance as being someone who beats him is no accomplisment at all. Smooth then leaves and tells Seth to watch the main event if he wants to see how things are done by real men. Seth has a big snarl on his face after that, heīs mood clearly not made any better by Smoothīs comments. D-
Notes: Smooth debuted Prima Donna gimmick with avarege rating


1 vs. 1 1st round of King of the Network tournament
vs.
Regular Joe vs. Mad Dog Mortimer
In a bout that had a decent reaction from the crowd but sub-par wrestling, Regular Joe defeated Mad Dog Mortimer in 6:30 by pinfall with a Joe And Behold.
Notes: Joe debuted Blue Collar gimmick with great rating, Mortimer debuted old school heel with Awful rating.
Performance: Joe: E+, Mortimer: F+
WINNER: Regular Joe by pinfall in 6:30 E


ANGLE:


After his match, Regular Joe introduces himself, telling people that they might know him from FCW and that heīs just a regular guy like everyone in the audience and that he has always wanted to be not only be a wrestler but a champion as well and that heīs here to show that even regular guys can get their dreams come true if they put everything they have in order to accomplish their goals. E+


1 vs. 1 1st round of King of the Network tournament
vs.
Lucas Danger vs. Justice Jolson
In a bout that had a decent reaction from the crowd but terrible wrestling, Justice Jolson defeated Lucas Danger in 6:17 by pinfall with The Death Penalty.
Notes: Jolson debuted Strongman gimmick with Above Average rating, Danger debuted Clubber gimmick with above Average rating. Lucas Danger was wasted on drugs.
Performance: Jolson: E-, Danger: F+
WINNER: Justice Jolson by pinfall in 6:17 E-


1 vs. 1 1st round of King of the Network tournament
vs.
Quentin Queen vs. Austin Smooth
In a decent match, Quentin Queen defeated Austin Smooth in 8:29 by pinfall with a Q-Ball following interference from Seth Whitehead.

Notes: Queen debuted Blue Chipper gimmick with initial rating Great.
Performance: Smooth: E+, Queen E+
WINNER: Quentin Queen by pinfall in 8:29 D-


Show Grade: E+

Comments: Mad Dog Mortimer decided to start his ESE career by being late on scheduled meeting, so I gave him a stern warning which saw his personality to get worse and removed him from the positive backstage influence list. He then continued awful night by having awful on his gimmick rating. Not the best way to start with new company but Mortimer isnīt important and can be easily replaced so not a big worry. Bigger problem was that Danger was wasted on drugs, I keep him for now (gave him a fine which didnīt result into anything) since I donīt think I have anyone else that works as cheap to replace him but I wonīt tolerate that for long and that pretty much cuts any chances on him being resigned after current contract ends (assuming he even stays that long which is unlikely as Iīm likely just going to cut him at next offence). We also didnīt have enough interesting storylines , mostly because I only had two, Seth vs. Smooth and the top 4 tournament guys and the tournament one actually didnīt have anything going for this show. And yes, I know I said I have three at any time and that will be true after the tournament. I actually originally made the three starting storylines I wanted and then realized that two of them wouldnīt go anywhere until like third show so decided to get the tournament out of the way first and simply made a second storyline with top 4 guys from the tournament. Unfortunately, I failed to actually progress the storyline here so thatīs a mistake on my part. I complimented Smooth, Joe and Jolson after the show. Smooth and Joe got one for their good performance and Jolson is more of just thanks for working with that wasted idiot award (I would had otherwise complimented Queen instead). On the plus side, the trio of top guys (Smooth, Joe and Queen) performed well and Cobra, Joslin and Seth didnīt give any problems either so everyone actually important performed at least alright.

As for booking perspective, Iīm sure having Smooth lose on the first round raised some eyebrowns as he was probably the most likely guy to be the champ. My reasoning for that is that Iīd like my champions to be slighly more seasoned veterans than what Smooth currently is and thus decided to wait a bit before pulling the trigger on him. I also normally have one feud starting in first show by one of the guys costing a tournament match for the other (either by outright winning a match or with run-in) and in this case it was Seth and Austin that got that particular storyline. Other than that little surprise, Iīd assume most of the rest of the show did go about what anyone could expect with Lucas and Mad Dog losing and with Seth vs. Cobra being a bit of a toss up that was decided on the fact that I needed second heel in the semi-finals (could have been interesting to see how predictions would have gone on that one as the Smooth vs. Queen match was likely to throw some off). I did introduce Regular Joe as well here with a generic hi Iīm Joe promo just to establish his gimmick and character a bit since the way I present the matches doesnīt allow much character development on that front, meaning that I need to do those in angles.

Also, like I said in my opening post, I found out that the finances donīt quite work on my favor as I was - 5,109$ on depth after first month while sponsor money was 366$ and is estimated to be 536$ next month so... yeah, even if I cut OīHara and Reese and have off months, Iīm not going to be out from depth so I decided to go on easy mode instead and gave myself 1 000 000$ on bank. Yeah, I know, thatīs way more than I need but I decided that if Iīm going to cheat, I might as well give myself enough money to not to have to care about costs too much. I will still try to get as close to profit as I can so I wonīt just start signing guys and spending money but this at least gives me enough so that I can have fun instead of needing to care about every penny. In future, I might decide to cut million of my cash once Iīm profitable (if that will ever happen) and can affort to lose that money but not certain on that either. I did minus my lost money from first month from the million so current balance is 994 891$. Sigh, Iīm not particularly happy about this but itīs better than killing this project after just one show so I take it. On the plus side, this means I can run a show every month and thus use a schedule that Iīm most comfortable with.
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Great first show! Really like the dynamic between Seth and Quentin.
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You had me at Mad Dog Mortimer...

and you might have lost me at Lucas Danger (No you didn't).

I really dislike Lucas Danger. Yes I know he is a character in a video game but the dude irks me. I think it has to do with the fact that he never seems to pan out of me every time I use him.
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Smooth getting dropped in round one definitely was a surprise. Great opening show though.
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You had me at Mad Dog Mortimer...

and you might have lost me at Lucas Danger (No you didn't).

I really dislike Lucas Danger. Yes I know he is a character in a video game but the dude irks me. I think it has to do with the fact that he never seems to pan out of me every time I use him.
I know... In my RTG games, I always put Lucas on my roster one way or another and I ALWAYS end up releasing him after 3 matches, because he's always high.
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February 2016
Friday, week 3


ESE Eternal Storm
San Juan High School (Puerto Rico)
Attendance: 10


1 vs. 1
vs.
Lucas Danger vs. Austin Smooth

In an extremely short match, Austin Smooth defeated Lucas Danger in 4:44 by submission with a Smooth Hold.
Notes: Lucas Danger was on drugs again, thus meaning that he wonīt be seen in ESE after this show.
Performance: Smooth: E+, Danger: F+
WINNER: Austin Smooth by submission in 4:44 E+


ANGLE:


Smooth takes a microphone after his match, being clearly unhappy and heīs quick to make it known by complaining how Seth Whitehead cost him his rightfull place as first ever champion in ESE and how heīs going to regret that. Seth comes to ringside, pointing out that it was Smooth himself who told Seth to watch his match last month and he did just that, and if Smooth has problem with that he gladly beats some of the arrogance out from Smooth in the ring next month. Smooth agrees to the match, saying that while Seth isnīt worthy on being in-ring with him, he has annoyed him enough that he will lower himself on Sethīs level for next month in order to show him his place in this company. E+


1 vs. 1
vs.
Seth Whitehead vs. Mad Dog Mortimer

In a bout that had a decent reaction from the crowd but sub-par wrestling, Seth Whitehead defeated Mad Dog Mortimer in 6:17 by submission with a Minnesota Stretch.
Notes: -
Performance: Whitehead: E, Mortimer: F+
WINNER: Seth Whitehead by submission in 6:17 E-


ANGLE:


Before the next match, Quentin Queen comes to ring in order to introduce himself. He tells audience that heīs a graduate from TCW school of Pro Wrestling but admits that he wasnīt considered good enough to get into main roster. Queen also admits that he was disappointed by that but states that after a while, he has come to see this as a challenge that he wants to overcome and that while he hopes to one they be in big company, heīs now more interested on working his way up the hard way and trying his best to enjoy the journey and growing alongside it and that journey starts here in ESE. D-


1 vs. 1 semi-final of King of the Network tournament
vs.
Regular Joe vs. Cobra

In a bout that had a decent reaction from the crowd but sub-par wrestling, Regular Joe defeated Cobra in 8:13 by pinfall with a Joe And Behold.
Notes: -
Performance: Joe: E, Cobra: E
WINNER: Regular Joe by pinfall in 8:13 E


ANGLE:


After his loss, Cobra takes a microphone and tells people that while men like him can occasionally be beaten, they cannot be stop completely as while he cannot now claim to be first ever King of the Network champion, he has foreseen this possibility and has a backup plan on place to achieve his goal. And what heīs goal is? To be noticed and become top dog in ESE, but thereīs more than one way of doing so and while being the main champion is the easiest way to gain attention, itīs not the only one as you are all going to see very soon. E


1 vs. 1 semi-final of King of the Network tournament
vs.
Quentin Queen vs. Justice Jolson


In a bout that had a decent reaction from the crowd but sub-par wrestling, Justice Jolson defeated Quentin Queen in 5:46 by pinfall with The Death Penalty following interference from Cobra.
Notes: -
Performance: Queen: E+, Jolson: E-
WINNER: Justice Jolson by pinfall in 5:46 E


Show Rating: E+


Comments: Same rating than last time despite opening match being the best one of the show (and including wasted wrestler) so wonīt complain on that. Lucas Danger is out from the company after wrestling waisted for the second month on the row and you wonīt be seeing him again, he did improve his behavior though but thatīs too little too late. I complemented Smooth (giving us the best rated match while wrestling the hazard that is Lucas), Queen (for turning a good performance in losing effort to less popular guy, I did use keep him strong note but still nice to see that he was willing to take the pin) and Whitehead (better performance than last month and decent promo with Smooth as well). On the booking side, another surprise on Queen not being on finals either (pretty sure Queen vs. Smooth would have been the expected final if I asked who you would expect to see in the finals). Reasoning being the same than with Smooth, I just feel that Queen needs a bit more time in the business before Iīm happy to put a belt on him. Also, while Smooth and Queen are part of the "top three", Iīd like to keep them apart from each otherīs and Joe for now so hence all three of them will be feuding with member of my "second three" (or midcard guys whichever you want to call them) for now. On finances front, we lost another 5 126$.


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Originally Posted by BHK1978 View Post
You had me at Mad Dog Mortimer...

and you might have lost me at Lucas Danger (No you didn't).

I really dislike Lucas Danger. Yes I know he is a character in a video game but the dude irks me. I think it has to do with the fact that he never seems to pan out of me every time I use him.

Quote:
Originally Posted by MisterRomanini View Post
I know... In my RTG games, I always put Lucas on my roster one way or another and I ALWAYS end up releasing him after 3 matches, because he's always high.
Well, it took two shows here, and heīs really unlikely to ever been seen in another diary of mine so I can see why you dislike him.
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